Pick a Pumpkin!

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I LOVE all things fall. And at the risk of sounding like I have jumped on the “all things pumpkin spice bandwagon”, I do love pumpkins. (Don’t care for pumpkin spice so much though… ) Anyway, I’ve ALWAYS loved fall and miss it SO MUCH now that I live here in the islands… So, we try to MAKE it look like fall to try to trick my mind to thinking it is actually getting cooler…

So, it is with this in mind that I made this October calendar page! I used the Pick a Pumpkin bundle from the 2017 Holiday catalog (sorry, it’s now retired). But, I do love the pumpkins. And the fact that the face on the pumpkin can be optional. The coordinating framelits have so many wonderful stems and pieces to go with! I just love mixing them together.

I used pumpkin pie (of course) and cajun craze for inks. This set makes such happy little jack-o-lanterns!

If you’d like to make your own DIY Easel Calendar, this year I have the PDF available. It includes the 12 months of 2019, a 2019 cover page, and cutting instructions. The formatting and fonts are the same as this year’s calendar. The calendars are quick to stamp since the format is 3 1/2″ square, making them ideal gifts. The easels are available online as well as in most brick-and-mortar craft stores, and an easel plus calendar pages fit perfectly in the Stampin’ Up! Acetate Card Boxes.

Cost for the PDF is $5. Fill out the form below and I’ll send you an invoice via Square, and once you’ve paid I’ll email your PDF. You don’t need an account to pay via Square. It’s easy as can be!

Just a note…this is the honor system. $5 is a very reasonable price for this PDF, and there are no limitations on your personal use. If your friends admire your calendars, please direct them to this post to purchase their own PDF. It would be easy to forward the PDF, but it’s not right.

When you make your pages, upload to instagram and tag @hanniejoyandco so we can see your beautiful creations!

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Playing with Shapes

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So!  Happy September!  I can’t believe this has come around so fast!  This calendar page is one of my favorites.  When the Holiday Catalog came out last fall, there was a stamp set called “Cheers to the Year” (now retired) that was meant for New Year’s.  Images of sparklers and wreaths for the holidays…  but, I LOVED the shapes.  The two different (what were supposed to be wreaths) circles had fabulous ‘texture’ and I really enjoyed putting them together to make some fun geometric patterns.

So, you can see here, the colors are light enough that they can be stamped over the text in the calendar and it still works.  The colors I used were Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, and Lemon Lime twist.  The picture lighting isn’t the best but the cardstock is navy as well.

Happy September to you!  Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

 

I AM FAMOUS.

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Well. Not really. I know someone who is going to be famous. So that’s almost the same, right?

So. My husband’s Aunty just wrote a book. And it’s going to be published FRIDAY!

SO exciting!

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And. I got to read it. Before it was published. I will let the implied neener-neener pass because she said I can tell you a little bit about it.

It’s a story of how Eileen has come to see purpose, healing, and faith during some of the most difficult times in her life. From terrible tragedy, an unexpected pregnancy, to a child with special needs, and the dreaded CANCER diagnosis, Eileen has detailed how each step of the journey has created a deeper faith and trust in her Creator.

One theme that rings out through the entire book is summed up in one line that Eileen recalls her mother saying, “God will teach us things through this we can learn no other way” (Kusakabe, 55). And this seems to me to be the most resounding message and had even made me see things through different lenses. Heartache and tragedy isn’t in any way diminished by what we learn from it, but it becomes meaningful and valuable if we step back and figure out what God wants to teach us through it. This book does a powerful and beautiful job wrestling with that concept through each of these heartaches.

I appreciate the raw emotion, wisdom, and experience that Eileen has shared through the book and feel that you will be encouraged by the read. I hope you will consider picking up a copy. You can get a copy here, or you can join us on Friday (7/27/18) at the Maui Barnes and Noble and from 2-4 p.m. and pick up a copy, (THEY WILL BE 20% OFF) meet Eileen, AND GET IT SIGNED. She will probably sign it for you as well 🙂

Who wants a free Clutch?

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So, we are back from our yearly pilgrimage to the Homeland and I have come back with lots of goodies with which to make all the things. It’s so exciting.  And while making clutches isn’t new for me, Sunkissed Wahine in Kihei has just started carrying them!  Head over to my Instagram page @hanniejoyandco to check out how you can win one of these!  And, sray tuned for new designs and patterns!

 

Sunny Sunflowers!

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I never miss a chance to stamp a sunflower. It’s one of my favorite flowers (and the state flower of my Homeland…)

Anyway, as you may notice, there is no stampin’ here… We’re getting off easy. Just a punch and a couple turns of the big shot handle and you have instant sunflower!

Hope you have a sunny and wonderful July!

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Tasty Treats of Summer

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One of my favorite things to do in the summertime when we went to visit my Grandma’s was to run out and get a special treat when the icecream truck went by.  So, when Stampin’ Up released the Tasty Truck Stamp Set (now retired), I just KNEW it had to be for my summertime calendar!

mvimg_20171230_1720593245543515674445406.jpgThis is such a fun little truck!  I used the watercolor pencils to color in the details!  I like the pencils because they are very pigmented and work well as a pencil or as a watercolor.  It’s super easy to use!

Hope you have a fun summer!  Head over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

 

Eastern Palace Blooms

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May Day is here! May always reminds me of full on floral blooms. Between May day in Hawaii where all the children in school have a May day program that celebrates all things floral in Hawaii (it’s more than that, but the flowers really take center stage). And mother’s day is full of flowers… May is really a blooming month! I love this Eastern Palace set because of all the intricate floral arrangements you can create with it. And they remind me of mandalas…which also remind me of flowers. I hope your May is full of flowers. Both in the literal and in the joy that life brings. Pop on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!